Old Vines Riesling Brut
This sparkling wine is as distinct as our single vineyard site, and with only 200 cases made, it’s poised for special celebrations and those seeking something very unique from BC.
Bright straw in colour, this wine opens with a persistent, fine bead in the glass and a delicate mousse. Intense aromas of citrus, apple and pie crust waft from the glass – pure and complex . The palate is lush yet holds great tension with mineral undertones and hints of grapefruit flesh and tart apple. A classic Champagne character pairs beautifully alongside what you’d expect from our Old Vines Riesling – concentrated flavours and naturally bright acidity.
Following primary fermentation, the base wine was put to bottle and left en tirage for two years to quietly undergo its secondary fermentation on lees. Once ready, the wine was awoken from its slumber and disgorged in early Spring of 2017 with a light dosage from our stunning 2014 Old Vines Riesling.
The 2014 growing season has been classified as one of the warmest on record. Interestingly enough, it produced an outcome that most of us don’t normally associate with hot weather – a slowing of the grape ripening process. This happens when daytime temperatures rise above 35C. The vines shift into a protective mode and go dormant.
A chilly September finished out the ripening phase in a truly, cool season fashion. As a result, the wines from this vintage are decidedly bright and complex.
Like all of our wines, this Pinot Noir was grown and produced at our historic, 75-acre estate in South East Kelowna. We continue to farm as sustainably as possible without the use of herbicides or pesticides.
- 90 POINTS – “This is a crisply dry sparkling wine with aromas of lemon and lime and flavours of green apple and grapefruit.” John Schreiner, APRIL 2016, John Schreiner on Wine
- 93 POINTS – “This a traditional method brut natural made from riesling planted on the property in 1978. Riesling sparklers in Canada don’t come with much more pedigree than that. It is a tightly wound, almost austere, vaguely off-dry example with great acidity and drive on the palate, leaving a trail of mouth-puckering lemon, some waxy character and wet stone. The length is excellent to outstanding.Tasted April 2016” David Lawrason, APRIL 2016, WineAlign.com
- 93 POINTS – “This precise sparkling Riesling is made from vines planted in 1978 on one of Tantalus’ estate vineyard plots. It boasts aromas of dried apricot, peach stone, lime and crunchy green apples firmly supported by straw, mineral, toast and baker’s yeast. The palate is brimming with tangy citrus, green apples and croissants slathered in peach jelly or perhaps apricot custard danishes… Excellent tension and focus with a concentrated finish.” Daenna Van Mulligan, APRIL 2016, The Wine Diva
- 90 POINTS – “The 2013 Sparkling Riesling confounds and may not at first be so obvious in its charms. Aromatically speaking it is chock full of apples and pears in variegated layers. There is weight on the palate and a feeling of lees that draws it inward. As I recall, the inaugaural 2010 Brut Riesling was no shrinking violet and stole hearts. The 2013 is more secretive, less forthright and needs time to open up. At present there is a light that glows behind a shroud of cloud. More than “one more night” will be needed to open the door, when the “the moon is shinin’ bright, lighting everything in sight.” Drink 2018-2022. Tasted April 2016″ Michael Godel, APRIL 2016, WineAlign.com
- 91 POINTS – “From their 1978 block of riesling vines, this traditional method brut sells out every year, prized for its originality and rarity as much for its vibrant, mouth-watering acidity and drive. Bright and juicy, with lively and pure lime, white grapefruit and green apple and racy, textured and pithy acidity. A potent stony riesling base buttresses the whole, while piercing limey acidity carries though the very lengthy finish. Well done. Tasted May 2016.” Treve Ring, MAY 2016, WineAlign.com
- 90 POINTS – “Lovely fresh, lively citrus fruit (lime and grapefruit pith) with a hint of honey and melon richness, as well as subtle toast notes. There’s a lovely lively personality to this wine, as well as a little sweetness on the finish adding nice balance to the acidity. There’s just a hint of baked apple on the finish. It’s distinctive and quite different, and I really like it.” Jamie Goode, MAY 2016, WineAnorak.com